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New to WP - very basic question (3 posts)

  1. Glenstr
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I design websites for people in my "spare time", so far all small, more or less single purpose sites for a small business to get a web presence. The only tool I have used from time to time is NVU, and for my first site I used Mozilla's web authoring. The last few sites I have done were mostly just done with textpad and a couple of generic CSS files I use to build div boxes for content, some free javascript and some very basic PHP for menu content that can be edited in one place. I am not a programmer and have never taken any formal programming training, other than Oracle PL/SQL as my day job is a database admin.

    However some of my customers have been asking for more enhancements, like online reservations, live feedback, etc.. I have considered using something like Joomla (I'm not even 100% sure what it does) or something similar, when someone told me that wordpress will do everything I need and more. Having a quick look at it I get the impression it is more or less blogging software to build an online blog, but I've heard it can be used for any type of website.

    So, my questions:

    First, can I build any type of site with it?

    Do my hosting services need to support it?

    Can I build on my existing code (sites) with it?

    Where is a good place to start? (any tutorials I have seen are for building personal blogs, not what I want to do)

    thanks!

  2. whooami
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    First, can I build any type of site with it?

    yes.

    Do my hosting services need to support it?

    yes. http://codex.wordpress.org/Hosting_WordPress

    Can I build on my existing code (sites) with it?

    Yes, so long as you meet all the requirements, and youre not talking about using ASP or coldfusion, or some other crap-ass application.

    Where is a good place to start? (any tutorials I have seen are for building personal blogs, not what I want to do)

    The docs link at the top of every page you have pro'ly looked at thus far >

    http://codex.wordpress.org/

  3. Glenstr
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Thanks - the two providers I use both support MYSQL databases, and I use PHP on my sites so I know they support that, so I should be ok.

    Looks like I have some reading to do!

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